Call for Entries: Second Global Illustration Award

Deadline: 14 July 2017
Open to: illustrators from around the globe
Award: Grand Award winner to receive 6,000 EUR, Gold Award winners will each receive 2,000 EUR, and Excellent Award winners 1,000 EUR each


The ICIA is an international, apolitical, non-profit organisation based in Hong Kong. The organisation advocates the protection and maintenance of the rights and interests of the content industry in light of new technology.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers – in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways.

Organised in conjunction with the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA), the Frankfurter Buchmesse has announced the second Global Illustration Award (GIA). Designed to attract entries from around the world, the competition will be operated exclusively by IlluSalon, a global illustration resource platform based in Asia. Illustrators from all around the world can submit entries until 14 July 2017.

Prizes will be awarded in five categories:

  • Book illustration;
  • Original unpublished children’s picture book project;
  • Advertising and editorial illustration;
  • Scientific illustration;
  • Theme illustration.

The topic of this year’s theme category is “French – diversity and creativity”, highlighting central aspects of the 2017 Guest of Honour presentation at the Book Fair.


Illustrators from all around the globe can submit entries.


The Grand Award winner is to receive 6,000 EUR, the Gold Award winners will each receive 2,000 EUR, and the Excellent Award winners 1,000 EUR each.

Amongst this year’s judges are Bettina Schulz, Editor in Chief, novum; Aljoscha Blau, illustrator and book artist; Professor Reinhard Schulz-Schaeffer, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences; Christopher Hudson, Publisher, The Museum of Modern Art New York; Professor Martin Salisbury, Director, The Centre for Children’s Book Studies, Cambridge School of Art; Zhang Mingzhou, Vice President of IBBY China section, China Children’s Press & Publication Group (CCPPG).

How to apply?

Entries for the competition can be submitted until 14 July 2017 via the award’s website.

Contact for illustrators:
Catherine Li, IlluSalon, tel.: +86 186 0023 2749,
Leonie Weidel, German Book Information Centre (BIZ) Beijing, tel.: +86 10 8527 6024,

Last year’s Global Illustration Award winners can be viewed here.

More information on the official website.

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